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In My Grandfather’s Shadow
22 September, 2.00pm£10.00
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After Googling her grandfather’s name and seeing a photo of him surrendering to the Americans in 1945, Angela Findlay became a detective, following up every clue she came across to uncover the story of her grandfather, a decorated German General on the Eastern Front. The process helped her develop not only an increasingly detailed picture of her German family, but of the Germany of the 1930s and ’40s.
In this deeply personal talk, Angela Findlay will discuss the process of uncovering and coming to terms with her family’s story after decades of wrestling with an inexplicable sense of guilt. She will explore the heritability of unresolved experiences, our deeply held perceptions of good and bad, and uncover the lesser-known history of the Second World War’s losers.
Her story demonstrates that it is possible not only for the scars of trauma to be handed down through generations, but also for them to be healed.
Angela Findlay is a professional artist who has spent much of her career teaching art in prisons. Her time ‘behind bars’ in Germany, and later as Arts Coordinator to the Koestler Arts charity, inspired her research into intergenerational trauma.
Over the last decade, she has been speaking and writing about trauma, guilt, cultures of remembrance and her own Anglo-German roots. In My Grandfather’s Shadow is her first book.